Summer 2018 Events
Come and learn more about our initiatives, our people and our communities.
Jun. 12 - Community Resilience: Beating the odds or changing the odds?
Join us for an engaging seminar with Rashid Ahmed, Ph.D. from South Africa's University of the Western Cape. This seminar is co-sponsored by VCU School of Medicine's Department of Health Behavior and Policy and iCubed's Culture, Race and Health Transdisciplinary Core. Feel free to bring your own lunch.
My Life, My Scholarship Symposia Spring 2018
Apr. 25 — Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D.
Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of psychology. He is also a core faculty within the iCubed Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence Transdisciplinary Core. He will share how his particular lived experiences (especially areas of immigration, acculturative stress, and system biases) have shaped his interest in Latinx psychology, healthcare utilization, psychology of religion and healthcare disparities among ethnic minority groups.
Apr. 18 — Jan Ivery, Ph.D.
Jan Ivery, Ph.D., is a Visiting Scholar within the iCubed Social Justice core and the VCU School of Social Work. She also is an associate professor from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She will share how her how her lived experiences and informal mentoring opportunities have shaped her interest in community-based interventions and strategies for social change.
Apr. 11 — Cecelia Valrie, Ph.D.
Cecelia Valrie, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the iCubed Culture, Race and Health Transdisciplinary Core and the College of Humanities and Sciences’ Department of Psychology. She shared how her particular lived experiences have shaped her interest in working with youth and young adults with sickle cell disease and training the next generation of health psychologists.
Mar. 28 — Paul Rucker and Onaje X.O. Woodbine, Ph.D.
Paul Rucker is an iCubed Visiting Arts Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University embedded at the Institute for Contemporary Art. Rucker will talk about his commitment to making artwork that has a profound impact on viewers’ understanding--both intellectual and emotional--of issues related to incarceration, racially-motivated violence, and the current and historical social and economic impacts of slavery in the U.S. Onaje X O. Woodbine, Ph.D. is a visiting scholar within the iCubed Racial Equity, Arts and Culture core and the Department of African American Studies. He will share how his particular lived experiences have shaped his interest in the search for meaning and transcendence in street basketball and his vision of transforming athletic courts and fields into sacred spaces.
Mar. 21 — Faika Zanjani, Ph.D.
Faika Zanjani, Ph.D., is an associate professor in Gerontology/Allied Health Sciences with the iCubed Health and Wellness in Aging core and is associate director of academic programs and research training with iCubed. She will share how her lived experience has shaped her perspective on aging and preventing poor health outcomes, aimed at reducing community health disparities.
Mar. 14 — Brandi Thompson Summers, Ph.D.
Brandi Thompson Summers, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of African American Studies and associate director of engagement with iCubed. She is also a member of iCubed's Racial Equity, Arts and Culture (REAC) core. She will share how both personal tragedy and triumph led to her research on race, culture, and aesthetics.
Feb. 28 — Risha R. Berry, Ph.D.
iCubed Visiting Scholar, Risha R. Berry, Ph.D., shares how her lived experiences have helped shape her interest in organizational containment - the structural barriers that impede career advancement in three phases: preparation, placement, and persistence. Clarifying the characteristics of organizational containment leads to an increased understanding of how organizational leaders (through the policies they implement), promote or retard the career advancement trajectories of aspirants by either restricting or facilitating access to career pipelines.
Feb. 14 — Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D.
Dr. Wendy Kliewer is a professor within the Culture, Race, and Health core and the College of Humanities and Science’s Department of Psychology. She shares how her particular lived experiences have shaped her interest in risk and resilience, particularly the role of the family in mitigating risk, and in educating the next generation of scholars to continue to do research that matters.
Feb. 7 — MK Abadoo
MK Abadoo is a Visiting Arts Fellow with the iCubed Racial Equity, Arts and Culture core and the Department of Dance and Choreography. She shares how her lived experience has shaped her perspective on the choreographic process as a methodology for cultural organizing.
Jan. 31 — Elvin T. Price, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Elvin Price is an associate professor within the iCubed Health and Wellness in Aging Populations core and the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science. Elvin earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University and his PhD from the University of Florida. Elvin studies the impact of genetic variation on aging, cardiometabolic homeostasis, and pharmacological responses. Elvin is enthusiastic about fighting cardiometabolic diseases and educating the next generation of healthcare practitioners and scientists.
Jan. 24 — Aashir Nasim, Ph.D.
Aashir Nasim, Ph.D., holds dual positions as interim senior vice provost for faculty affairs and director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed). Dr. Nasim is a tenured professor in the College of Humanities and Sciences. He shares how his personal experiences led to his scholarly pursuits on tobacco-related health disparities.